Arabic Website Urges Jihadists to Start Forest Fires http://www.aljazeeratalk.net/forum/showthread.php?t=52356 English translation of the statement follows: "summer has begun so do not forget the Forest Jihad." "In the name of God, the Gracious, the Merciful." "We pray for God to aid us and heed our calls." "Summer has begun so do not forget the Forest Jihad." "I call on all Muslims in the United States, in Europe, in Russia, and in Australia to start forest fires." "Praise God and praise God once more." "Peace and blessings upon his prophet." "The active intellectual scholar, the jihadist Abu Mus'ab Al-Suri, may God set him free, says: Jihad is an art just like poetry, music, and the fine arts. There are people that draw and there are others that are jihadists. They both act upon inspiration." "May God ease his calamity and set him free along with all of our imprisoned brothers. It is by the glory of God that his imprisonment has not prevented him from publishing his writings in the form of books and media. The idea of forest fires is attributed to him, may God set him free, as is in this short clip:" "This call goes out to Muslims in Europe, in the United States, in Australia, and in Russia to start forest fires." "Forest Fires." "The Jurisprudence of forest fires, as in 'an eye for an eye'; the amazing results; and the operational instructions." "The Jurisprudence: "Is it permissible to burn trees?" "Yes, under certain circumstance, such as when the prophet, PBUH [peace be upon him], burned the Jews' palm trees in Al-Nadir." "Ibn Al-Qayyim narrated in [a book entitled] 'I'lam Al-Muwaqqa'in,' that: You should retaliate in the same manner as that in, which you were attacked. He goes on to say that: The punishment for a sin should be a similar sin. He also mentions that: If you should punish, punish as you were punished. This, in essence, justifies that. This suggests that the punishment should fit the crime, for instance in life, in matters of honor, and where assets are involved. Scholars have justified chopping down and burning the infidels' forests when they do the same to our lands." "God Almighty agreed to allow the companions to cut down the Jews' palm trees in order to dishonor them [Jews]. This was the Almighty's intention when He said: 'Whether ye cut down (O ye Muslim!) the tender palm-trees, or ye left them standing on their roots, it was by leave of Allah, and in order that He might cover with shame the rebellious transgressors. [Koranic Verse; Al-Hashr, 59:5].' This proves that God Almighty wishes to punish the unjust aggressor. The justification for burning their belongings is their aggression against Muslims and their deception. It is they who burn the Muslims' wealth." "This section was taken from a book by active and anonymous [as received] jihadi scholar Yusuf al-Ayiri  may God accept him, entitled: 'The Truth about the New Crusade.' This is particularly evident in the Chapter regarding the times when it is permissible to kill those among the infidels who would be otherwise protected. The first case in this chapter addresses this topic. This is in the event the book entitled 'I'lam Al-Muwaqa'in' Shaykh Yusuf, may God have mercy on his soul, is unavailable." "Ibn Qudamah Al-Maqdasy writes in [his book entitled] 'Al-Muqni' [The Convincer], in the chapter on killing infidels and shelling them with manganese, as well cutting off their water supplies and destroying their fortresses: Concerning the issue of uprooting or burning their trees and plants, there are two views. The first is that it is permissible to do so as long as it does not harm Muslims. The second is that it is not permissible to do so unless it is justified to do so to them, for instance when they have done the same to us. An eye for an eye." "Shaykh Sulayman Bin Abdallah Bin Muhammad Bin Abd-al-Wahhab narrates in 'Al-Muqni' that trees and plants can be divided into three groups. The first group comprises [those trees and plants] which need to be cleared for a particular purpose, and can thus be uprooted or burned. This, however, solely on the basis of an undeniable need, as the narrator explains. The second is that group whose uprooting will cause Muslims harm. In this case, it is totally forbidden to uproot or to burn them. The third encompasses all other cases, which can be further divided into two subgroups. The first is a group that it is considered permissible to uproot or burn in the Hanbali [Muslim scholar] school of thought, where the scholars Malik, Shafi'i, and Ibn Al-Muthir followed the Hadith of the Prophet, PBUH, in the case of the burning of the palm trees in Bani Nadir, where God sent down the following: 'Whether ye cut down (O ye Muslim!) the tender palm-trees, or ye left them standing on their roots, it was by leave of Allah, and in order that He might cover with shame the rebellious transgressors.' [Koranic Verse; Al-Hashr, 59:5]." "This has been taken from page 486 of the book entitled 'Al-Muqn'i Ma'a Hashiyatihi,' published by the Al-Salafiyyah [Salafist] Publishing House in Cairo." "Comment: The targeted forests are those that belong to those countries that are at war with Muslims (The United States, Europe, Russia, and Australia). Other nations, such as Brazil for example, are off limits for anyone seeking to burn the Amazon forests, based on the consideration that the rule and the exception to the rule do not apply. Brazil has not joined the armies of the crusade and it has not yet given us cause to respond in any way. God knows best." "The damage caused by forest fires:" "Typically these fires take months rather than days to fully extinguish, which means that this terror will haunt them for an extended period of time. The element of the summer months will aid in spreading the fires due to the drop in rain levels." "This will temporarily hamper the export of timber, used primarily in the manufacture of furniture." "This will also cause pharmaceutical companies to sustain losses, since trees contain key ingredients for medicinal drugs." "Also, it will eliminate, albeit only temporarily, the export of oils from trees." "Human losses:" "Financial losses for the Tourism industry." "[There will be] an increase in the emission of poisonous gases from the smoke of the forest fires, and depending on the location, they could spread to several European countries or to several US states." "Keeping emergency and military personnel (a resource) tied up trying to fight the fires. Some units in Iraq or in Afghanistan could even be recalled, as happened with hurricane Katrina when it hit the United States two years ago." "Imagine if, after all the losses caused by such an event, a jihadist organization were to claim responsibility for [starting] the forest fires. You can hardly begin to imagine the level of the fear that would take hold of people in the United States, in Europe, in Russia, and in Australia. Also, as a result of the claim, a political rift would develop between the ruling parties and the local opposition parties in those countries. Another effect would be that the people in those countries would lose confidence in their leaders, leading to a shift in voting intentions to the parties in opposition. These opposition parties might then champion the drive to withdraw their troops from Iraq and from Afghanistan, should they get into power." "These losses are just examples, and we cannot list them all." "Operation method:" "Before we describe how this operation is to be implemented, do not assume that it is impossible. The media across Europe report forest fires almost every year, and cause is usually just a rise in the average temperature. However, some people, acting behind the scenes, may have contributed to fueling the fires." "In the video by active scholar Abu Mus'ab Al-Suri, may God set him free, in the aforementioned link, he argues that one of the more successful way to burn a forest is to use sulfur acid, the substance you find in matches, to light the fires. You place the substance in the forest for a mere half an hour and it will surely find something to eat [burn the trees], with the grace of God." "There are other alternative options for those who lack the experience to use sulfur acid or other substances, with the grace of God." "You and your friend should go out on a beautiful forest trip (which we call 'Kishtah' in the Arabian Peninsula) and enjoy yourselves there. Start a fire to cook your food, and when you have finished, use those same embers to ignite the fires by collecting them against a tree until it is completely engulfed in flames." "You may also use some of your car fuel and spray it across several trees, and use those embers on those trees as well." "These are just some of the countless examples, and as active jihadist scholar Abu Mus'ab al-Suri, may God set him free, said, terrorism is an art." "Go, and set forth on your jihad, and once more plant joy in the hearts of your Muslim brothers." "I ask that this article be translated into the English language, and have that translation sent using the special methods used by the Ikhlas Network." "By: Abu Thar Al-Kuwaiti." "Al-Ikhlas Islamic Network" http://www.ekhlaas.org/forum/showthread.php?t=68679
Notes:  http://www.theage.com.au/national/islam-group-urges-forest-fire-jihad-20080906-4b53.html?page=-1 September 7, 2008  http://www.express.co.uk/printer/view/66850/ October 19,2008  http://www.ekhlaas.org/forum/showthread.php?t=68679 November 26, 2007.  Ibid.  http://www.aljazeeratalk.net/forum/showthread.php?t=52356 December 7, 2007.  Ibid.  “Integrated Forest Fire Management in Israel - A 15 Year Review (1987-2002)”, International Forest Fire News (IFFN) No. 29 (July – December 2003, 72-88). http://www.fire.uni-freiburg.de/iffn/iffn_29/Israel.pdf  Nurit Kliot, "Forests and Forest Fires in Israel”, Haifa University, Department of Geography (IFFN No. 15 - September 1996, p. 2-6),http://www.fire.uni-freiburg.de/iffn/country/il/il_3.htm  Walter Laqueur, No End to War: Terrorism in the Twenty-first Century (Continuum International Publishing Group, 2004) p.104.  The author's meetings during 1988 with: Hilmi Hanun-Tulkarem mayor, Fathi Dado-Head of Tulkarem Chamber of Commerce, Adnan Damiri-Fatah activist.  Kliot, "Forests and Forest Fires in Israel”.  The Jewish news weekly “Israeli fires burn homes, thousands of acres of forest”, October 16, 1998. http://www.jewishsf.com/content/2-0-/module/displaystory/story_id/9712/edition_id/186/format/html/displaystory.html  World Net Daily “More evidence of terror in fires” 28 October 2003. http://worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=35306  The Arabic word QAWM was the acronym of “The National Unified Command of the Uprising”. QAWM also means struggle, fight, and combat.  Collection of the First Palestinian Intifada Leaflets. (Author’s private archive).  Ibid.  Ibid.  Ibid.  Baghdad Voice of the PLO, (May 12, 1989).  The State Of Israel V.S Muhammad Bin Ali Jaradat, criminal appeal 1926/90,8 July 1990. http://www.nevo.co.il/Psika_word/elyon/PADI-NC-3-087-L.doc  Ibid.  http://www.ict.org.il/NewsCommentaries/Commentaries/tabid/69/Articlsid/121/currentpage/6/Default.aspx .See also Rantisi speech,3 September 2003, http://www.palestine-info.info/arabic/palestoday/dailynews/2003/sep03/30_9/details.htm#3  Israel Ministry of Environmental Protection, in ISRAEL ENVIRONMENT BULLETIN, vol.32 ”Restoring Burned Forests in Israel’s North”. http://www.sviva.gov.il/Enviroment/Static/Binaries/ModulKvatzim/32_26-27_1.pdf  Report on the damage to JNF forests. http://www.jnf.net/blogs/securityblanket/2006/08/report_on_the_damage_to_jnf_fo/  USA TODAY,” Bin Laden calls for attacks on U.S. economy” 27 December 2001. http://www.usatoday.com/news/sept11/2001/12/27/bin-laden-tape.htm  Colonel (res.) Yoni Fighel and Yoram Kehati,” Mending the Hearts of the Believers - Analysis of Recent Al-Qaida Documents, Part 1”28 November 2002.The International Policy Institute for Counter Terrorism. http://18.104.22.168/articles/articledet.cfm?articleid=453  CNN.com, “Bin Laden: Goal is to bankrupt U.S.”, 2 November 2004. http://www.cnn.com/2004/WORLD/meast/11/01/binladen.tape/index.html  Afghan veteran Yusuf al-Ayiri, the al-Qaeda ideologist, and media coordinator who was killed in a security manhunt in Hayil (northern Saudi Arabia) in 2003.